I know the general meaning and use of the word "thereof" in a sentence, but I was wondering if the word could be used at the beginning of a sentence like in the following example. (I didn't find this example anywhere; I've just made it up.)

Yesterday Mary went to town to buy some flowers. Thereof I couldn't find any trace.

Since "thereof" means "of that/of which" the sentence would mean:

Yesterday Mary went to town to buy some flowers, of which I couldn't find any trace.

Now, I'm not asking if this usage is common—I know it isn't. What I want to know is whether it is grammatically correct—or shall we say permissible—if used in a literary/poetic context.

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    I would use whereof for of which, but it would be more acceptable as a single sentence. I don't think you can begin a sentence with thereof. – Kate Bunting Feb 14 at 15:56
  • Google NGrams is case-sensitive, so you can draw your own conclusions from that NGram showing capitalised Thereof positively "flatlining" against thereof. But it's also worth noting just how far the usage has declined over the past couple of centuries. Unless you actually want to sound like a Victorian, you shouldn't even be thinking about using the word thereof! – FumbleFingers Feb 14 at 16:16
  • The answer is no, for obvious reasons. – Lambie Feb 14 at 16:18
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    Thereof follows something (it means 'of the thing just mentioned; of that'), and cannot, logically, begin a sentence. Whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must remain silent. "The member state or a part thereof". – Michael Harvey Feb 14 at 16:35

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